Our parish’s sign currently invites readers to ponder the idea of mercy, which is prominent in this Sunday’s gospel from St. Mark (Bartimaeus’ request to Jesus, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mk 10.48).

I imagine that people have different ideas of mercy, depending on their situation and experience, and whether they even consider it a virtue or a weakness.   It was certainly something that Bartimaeus craved, and indeed, our Christian idea of grace is predicated on the idea of God’s mercy.

As we put up this sign this week, several All Saints parishioners contributed to help an elderly man, without means, to have his dentures replaced.   That looks like mercy to me.